Chronicle of My Mother

Chronicle of My Mother  {Chronicle of My Mother}
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Chronicle of My Mother
Chronicle of My Mother
Japan, 2011, 119 Minute Running Time
Topics: Asian, Drama
Program: Modern Masters
Language: Japanese English Sub-Titles

Impeccably acted and directed, Masato Harada’s moving period drama about the relationship between a self-centered writer and his ageing mother draws from an autobiographical novel by one of Japan’s most prolific and feted authors, Inoue Yasushi. Koji Yakusho (Shall We Dance), as the author Kosaku, and veteran Kirin Kiri as his ill mother, offer up deeply-felt portraits of people scarred by the upheavals following WWII.

Kosaku, married with four daughters, is a successful writer and tyrannical husband and father. When his mother—with whom he has a conflicted relationship—begins to display signs of dementia, duty demands that he take care of her. She moves in with Kosaku and family and, as her grip on reality loosens, facts about the past—specifically why she saw fit to abandon her son after the war—come to light. Things are, of course, not as cut and dried as either son or mother thinks…. Beginning in the late 1950s and spanning 15 years, Chronicle is an unabashedly emotional epic with shades of the great tearjerkers by Yasujiro Ozu. Winner: Special Grand Prix at Montreal World Film Festival

Director Masato Harada is expected to attend both the 1/11 and 1/12 screenings.

DIRECTOR: Masato Harada
Producer: Yoshitaka Ishizuka
Editor: Eugene Harada
Screenwriter: Masato Harada
Cinematographer: Akiko Ashizawa
Music: Harumi Fuki
Principal Cast: Koji Yakusho, Kirin Kiki, Aoi Miyazaki, Rentaro Mikuni
Filmography: The Climbers High (2008). The Shadow Spirit (2007), Inugami (2001)
Print Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. - www.shochikufilms.com


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